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4 workplace issues that make your employees less productive
4 workplace issues that make your employees less productive
Ensuring that employees have a productive and satisfying work environment is a major concern for many companies. No one wants to work in an atmosphere that makes them feel uncomfortable, distracted or anxious. In fact, the space where your staff works ...
How being busy makes you less productive
How being busy makes you less productive
Being busy has somehow become a badge of honor. The prevailing notion is that if you aren't super busy, you aren't important or hard working. The truth is, busyness makes you less productive. When we think of a super busy person, we think of a ringing ...
7 steps in a warehouse design plan
7 steps in a warehouse design plan
Warehouses are more than a sizable investment. They are the gatekeepers of your company's products and critical to its profits. The imperative planning associated with warehouse design and implementation ultimately hinges on these seven essential steps.
Don't be that guy: 10 bad behaviors to avoid
Don't be that guy: 10 bad behaviors to avoid
One of my first bosses taught me a valuable career lesson that is worth sharing. Just as I was about to leave for a week-long training meeting, he told me: "At this meeting you are going to see a room full of people from across the country who are just...
Logistics hiring: Warehousing up, transportation down
Logistics hiring: Warehousing up, transportation down
It’s difficult to put a positive spin on the May job numbers released by the Department of Labor. Labor force participation decreased for the second straight month, and just 38,000 new jobs were added, far short of the 160,000 anticipated. Howeve...
Study: 3-D printing to shake up supply chain world
Study: 3-D printing to shake up supply chain world
The technology for 3-D printing has roots that go back decades. The minds behind it were visionary. But for many years, 3-D printing appeared - at least in the mainstream view - to be more of a novelty than a practical tool to advance commercial manufa...
5 tips to polish your email communication
5 tips to polish your email communication
Most of us have to interact with other people in the workplace whether it's co-workers, customers, or both. And that means we have to communicate — we can't escape it. The most popular form of written communication in most workplaces is email. Em...
Make your supply chain competency model built-to-last
Make your supply chain competency model built-to-last
Perfection may be your goal when developing a competency model for your supply management team. While that’s admirable, keep in mind the most important characteristics of the plan are consistency and value. In our industry, we have explicit expec...
How to decrease energy costs in your warehouses and distribution centers
How to decrease energy costs in your warehouses and distribution centers
As increasing awareness of environmental concerns permeates business operations, savvy companies are responding to customer, competitor and regulatory pressures to enhance their sustainability efforts. As a result, we’re beginning to see organiza...
3 mistakes that could be pushing your employees away
3 mistakes that could be pushing your employees away
For many companies, retaining top employees is just as important as attracting new talent. Employee turnover can be expensive — tens of thousands of dollars per year per lost employee, many sources say — and it's tough to find and train rep...
7 steps to conflict resolution in the office
7 steps to conflict resolution in the office
For some reason, when we start to work at an office, we unconsciously expect everyone to get along and not have any conflict. That idea tends to be proven false fairly quickly. Whatever conflicts you've experienced, the tension and resulting lack of co...
Burnt out: Stress on the job
Burnt out: Stress on the job
Stress at work not only impacts employee health, but also affects workplace safety. Between 60 and 80 percent of workplace accidents are the result of stress-induced issues like distraction, according to an infographic created by Eastern Kentucky Unive...
Protecting workers in the supply chain
Protecting workers in the supply chain
New international standards to protect those working in global supply chains, was made at the International Labor Conference in Geneva on June 10. “The ILC has recommended – and empowered – this vital UN body, the ILO, to act to prote...
Supply Chain Mangement Review
Supply Chain Mangement Review
A driver hauling a truckload of high value electronics pulls over to grab coffee and refuel at a gas station just yards off the highway. Before heading inside, the driver locks all cab doors and ensures locking devices on the trailer are in working ord...
The internet of (supply chain) things
The internet of (supply chain) things
In a 2014 study, 46 percent of manufacturing executives didn't know what the internet of things was. A logical extension of this is that they also wouldn't know how IoT could impact the supply chain. Maybe it's time to understand how IoT will interact ...
Worker fatality rate increases for 1st time in 4 years
Worker fatality rate increases for 1st time in 4 years
The federal government’s final count of fatal occupational injuries in 2014 shows an increase from 2013 – the first one since 2010. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries says the overall fatal work inju...
How to foster a workplace culture of gratitude
How to foster a workplace culture of gratitude
Pay and benefits are no longer enough to ensure employee engagement. Though they create a solid foundation, you also need to consider the well-being of your employees. Even that will not be enough. Many other aspects of your business will factor into e...
How the Internet of Things improves the supply chain
How the Internet of Things improves the supply chain
You've likely heard of the Internet of Things (IoT) with regard to everyday technologies that can make your life more convenient. For instance, some of the most popularly discussed uses are fitness bands and smart thermostats, both of which can impact ...
The power of response in email communications
The power of response in email communications
Imagine asking someone a question face-to-face and they either a) never acknowledge the question or b) respond several hours after the fact. Many would construe said behavior as rude or dismissive. Now, apply that same theory to work email — with...
Counting the cost of too little sleep
Counting the cost of too little sleep
Did you know that Americans are sleeping significantly less than decades prior? In fact, a recent university study found that modern-day Americans tend to sleep only six hours per night, which is one to two hours less than they did 60 years ago. While ...
Avoid disaster through supply chain risk management
Avoid disaster through supply chain risk management
A tsunami in Japan and floods in Thailand in 2011 disrupted the electronics supply chain. Original equipment manufacturers were not able to get the electronic parts to produce products as planned. Many were taken by surprise. Any OEM and or supplier th...
Slimming down to a lean warehouse
Slimming down to a lean warehouse
Some say "lean" was the biggest management idea of the past 50 years. If that is true, the concept of lean could well be a masterpiece of wording. Everyone knows the difference between fat and lean, so lean is a word that should have no mystery. But wh...
7 tips for complying with the new federal wage-hour regulations
7 tips for complying with the new federal wage-hour regulations
The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division recently disclosed the details of its final revised regulations relating to certain "white collar" salary exemptions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
OSHA delays enforcement of incentive and drug testing provisions of new rule
OSHA delays enforcement of incentive and drug testing provisions of new rule
OSHA is delaying enforcement of provisions in its new injury and illness reporting rule having to do with safety incentive and drug testing programs.
A field guide to racks
A field guide to racks
To the untrained eye, it can be hard to distinguish between a raven and a crow. But birders know that ravens are bigger than crows, have a different call and sport a wedge-shaped — instead of a fan-shaped — tail.
How supply chain technology is changing the warehouse for good
How supply chain technology is changing the warehouse for good
Year after year, the operations organization is challenged to increase efficiency in its warehouses and distribution centers.
Despite range of tools, it's not easy to clean up supply chain
Despite range of tools, it's not easy to clean up supply chain
Keeping the advertising supply chain fraud-free and ensuring that ads have been seen by actual people is a huge challenge. Participants on a panel called Tackling the Supply Chain discussed the issue at AdExchanger’s Clean Ads I/O conference on T...
5 things to enhance supply chain management
5 things to enhance supply chain management
In supply chain management, businesses can improve their processes with enhanced communications, refined information for decision-making and more efficient transaction processing.
5 ways to deal with a bad boss
5 ways to deal with a bad boss
What do you do when the person responsible for directing the activities of the majority of your waking hours is an idiot? Or a jerk? Or not the person you would follow if you had any type of choice? Whether your boss has a bizarrely specific coffee ord...
Study supply chain management for a career boost
Study supply chain management for a career boost
For Tanner Ryan, pursuing a master's degree in supply chain management was a no-brainer.
IMO urges flexibility in meeting box-weight rules, but holds fast to July 1 deadline
IMO urges flexibility in meeting box-weight rules, but holds fast to July 1 deadline
Governments should be "practical and pragmatic" in enforcing new international rules requiring shippers to certify the gross mass of an ocean container before it can be loaded on a vessel, but no one should expect a change in the July 1 deadline for th...
Succession planning in the warehouse
Succession planning in the warehouse
Whether you are a chief executive, a supervisor or in between, certain questions about you and your job should be considered and answered. For example, who can take over if you fall under a bus? Succession planning is the development of a formal progra...
Here's what happens when you improve your onboarding process
Here's what happens when you improve your onboarding process
Within six months of starting a new job, employees tend to make up their minds on whether or not they want to stay with the organization. So, what causes employees to leave?
4 ways to increase employee loyalty
4 ways to increase employee loyalty
Loyalty is a big motivator - for some people, the biggest. It's that special feeling of "belonging" that can drive employees to make special, extra efforts toward helping the team accomplish its goals. Here are four simple ways to increase your team me...
The necessity of developing a consumer-centric supply chain model
The necessity of developing a consumer-centric supply chain model
As retailers continue to invest in omnichannel technologies with the end goal of creating a seamless shopping experience for the consumer, figuring out the fulfillment and supply chain piece of the puzzle can be daunting.
Beef up benefits to retain employees
Beef up benefits to retain employees
Unemployment has dropped, salaries are creeping upward and, despite an uncertain construction forecast, firms are hiring to meet current demand. As competition for talent at all levels increases, employers can expect higher and faster rates of employe...
In supply chain, a little direction can go a long way
In supply chain, a little direction can go a long way
DC Velocity Chief Editor David Maloney writes: "It seems like everywhere you look this time of year, the orange barrels are out in full force. It is construction season, and if you live in the Northeast, that means it is a season that lasts about eight...
Why temporary warehouse workers should have W-2 status
Why temporary warehouse workers should have W-2 status
Someone always has a better idea. While the gig economy, which is based on temporary positions with independent workers on short-term assignments, is the direction that many supply chain jobs are going, it often isn't the best road for workers. About o...
7 common workplace safety hazards
7 common workplace safety hazards
The National Safety Council has a team of consultants who travel across the country – and the world – to visit worksites and conduct safety audits. But no matter where each team member is, chances are good that he or she will spot one or mo...
Why the supply chain is a manufacturer's strategic nucleus
Why the supply chain is a manufacturer's strategic nucleus
Supply chain professionals come from all walks of life, with many of them taking a circuitous route to their careers. Many of the "30 Under 30 Supply Chain Stars," for instance, pursued degrees in such diverse fields as economics, engineering, finance,...
How Amazon sparked a robot arms race
How Amazon sparked a robot arms race
An Amazon warehouse is a flurry of activity. Workers jog around a man-made cavern plopping items into yellow and black crates. Towering hydraulic arms lift heavy boxes toward the rafters. And an army of stubby orange robots slide along the floor like g...
How much do you know about your warehouse workers?
How much do you know about your warehouse workers?
Each year since 2007, ProLogistix has conducted a Warehouse Employee Opinion Survey. The group represents a wide range of skill sets and geography. This article focuses on the No. 1 subject of importance to hourly warehouse employees, according to the ...
9 inventory management mistakes
9 inventory management mistakes
Managing excess inventory is a challenge for even the most efficient organizations. Overage issues can be a constant headache, draining profitability and taking leadership focus away from core business priorities. When faced with excess inventory, many...
How robotics process automation is transforming supply chains
How robotics process automation is transforming supply chains
The subject of robotics in production and distribution has been dominated by fear, hyperbole and misunderstanding. Critics of the technology would have us believe that robots are poised to take over the workplace, with little or no role for humans. So ...
Inventory pullback a drag on logistics spending
Inventory pullback a drag on logistics spending
A year-long pullback in U.S. business inventories will likely continue through the rest of 2016 as retailers and manufacturers remain cautious amid uncertain demand and the prospects for higher interest rate, according to a report on U.S. logistics. Th...
'Greening' your company won't break the bank — in fact, it's good for the bottom line
'Greening' your company won't break the bank — in fact, it's good for the bottom line
Greening your company, via any number of means, obviously brings multiple benefits to the physical environment. But while going green may be the responsible thing to do, many companies shy away from these sustainability measures. The reason is their (c...
Where are the warehouses?
Where are the warehouses?
Giant warehouses are springing up across the country as surging online sales send retailers scrambling to find space to house products destined for delivery to customers’ homes. Much of the construction is happening in the South, where land and l...
Demand is strong for multitenant distribution warehousing
Demand is strong for multitenant distribution warehousing
The trend of multitenant distribution warehouse properties outperformed the broader commercial property market, will continue according to a special report, "Multitenant Distribution Warehouse Segment in the U.S. Outlook 2016," recently released by Cus...
Supply chain transformation driving up prime global hub logistics rents
Supply chain transformation driving up prime global hub logistics rents
According to the CBRE report, the ongoing demand for e-commerce fulfillment and distribution centers facilities led to a 2.8 percent in prime global logistics rents, with double-digit percentage growth in United States coastal markets, including Oaklan...
The art of overcoming the supply chain talent shortage
The art of overcoming the supply chain talent shortage
A recent report on the supply chain talent gap draws a sobering conclusion: The supply chain management profession finds itself in crisis. Unless you do it right, attracting and hiring skilled professionals can be challenging. Deloitte's third annual S...